By Ian Rankin
3 buddies descend upon an paintings public sale looking for a few pleasure. Mike Mackenzie-retired software program rich person, bachelor and high-quality paintings enthusiast-wants whatever that cash can't purchase. Fellow art-lover Allan Cruickshank is tired of his banking profession and confused via a painful divorce. And Robert Gissing, an artwork professor, is annoyed that such a lot of work remain hidden in company boardrooms, safes and personal residences. After the auction-and an opportunity come upon with crime boss Chib Calloway-Robert and Allan recommend the "liberation" of numerous work from the nationwide Gallery, hoping Mike will dissuade them. as a substitute, he hopes they're serious.
As enterprising girlfriends, smart detectives, seductive auctioneers and a Hell's Angel named Hate input the image, Ian Rankin creates a highly-charged mystery, a faced-past tale of moment guesses and double crosses that maintain altering the image, correct until eventually the harrowing end.
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A drop of Hank‟s homemade ketchup dripped from the bun. She licked it off her lip with a small pink tongue. Alex opened his mouth to reply but was sidetracked by the sight of that little pink tongue. This was another aspect of Caitlin Summers that he‟d been trying to ignore, but that quick, mischievous grin, that tongue sneaking out to lick her luscious lips—making him think of her licking him—blindsided him. Alex kept sex and work strictly separate. Not that there had been that much sex lately to keep separate.
Determined to keep his eyes off her breasts—and her legs and her mouth and her eyes—and to be a good dinner companion, Alex cupped her elbow, forgetting completely that this was going to be a no-touching dinner. He‟d cupped her elbow a couple of times, but she‟d had a sweater or a jacket on. This time he was touching flesh. Delectable flesh…soft, smooth flesh… Alex shook his head again, trying to concentrate. He‟d planned on taking her to the Garden of Eatin‟, or to a family style Tex-Mex cantina he knew.
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